Quotes - Dubya the Grammarian (2001 and earlier)
(Choice instances of Dubya's trademark diction)
2008 and after : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003 : 2002 : 2001 and earlier
I'm real proud of how the administration and our government has responded to the attacks on America. Got a good strategy in the first phase of the war, to rout terror.
Exhibiting pride in America's routing prowess, White House, Dec. 21, 2001

Every morning I come into the desk, and I would read the threat assessments to America.
Speaking of the present as a bygone era, White House, Dec. 21, 2001

People from all walks of life, all politics parties, some of who probably have never been to New York City before, have said... "How can I help somebody whose lives have been adversely affected by the evil ones?"
When Dubya quotes you, you sound just like him, remarks on the "Spirit of Louisiana" fire truck given as a gift from the people of Louisiana to the people of New York City, White House, Dec. 19, 2001

Dr. Rice is not only a brilliant person, she is a experienced person.
Dubya looking for good words to describe Condoleezza Rice, and forgetting "a/an" usage, Dec. 17, 2001

Somebody whose parents had the foresight to encourage him to be extricated from a tyrannical society.
Eloquently (?) describing Mel Martinez's Cuban origins, meeting with displaced workers in Florida town hall meeting, Dec. 4, 2001

There's always a difference of opinion sometimes between the House and the Senate, whether it's at the state or federal level.
Statement made with poor logical grammatical agreement, Town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

And we have a role in the government in the state government, in the federal government to provide immediate help as part of an economic security package, is to provide immediate help.
Grammatical nightmare offered in town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

It's one thing for he and me to have a personal relationship.
Talking about his personal relationship with President Putin and abusing the English language in the process, Crawford High School, Crawford, Texas, Nov. 15, 2001

And terrorism and evil are common threats to both our governments, and will be tomorrow, as well as today, unless we do something about it now. And that's exactly what we're doing.
Well spoken again, in reference to common ground between the U.S. and Russia, Crawford High School, Crawford, Texas, Nov. 15, 2001

So we are getting ready to have the first press conference we had together in Slovenia.
The past and future all at once, Crawford High School, Crawford, Texas, Nov. 15, 2001

So there's a lot we can find with these world leaders that you've got in common with them, if you just spend some time listening.
Confused expression offered at the Texas State Technical College Airport, Waco, Texas, Nov. 14, 2001

Like yourself, or like your question implies, it would be nice to have had the bill done yesterday. But sometimes democracy doesn't work quite that fast.
Detailing the complexities of the democratic process to reporters, Nov. 9, 2001

The culture in our agencies have changed. We are now interested in preventing attack.
Comments made to Business, Trade and Agriculture Leaders White House, Oct. 26, 2001

There are mothers and dads in Mexico who love their children just as much as mothers and dads in America do. And if there are a mother or dad who can't find work, worried about food on the table, they're going to come and find work in America.
Dubya unloads a triple repeat offense: his mother/dad combination. Toledo, Ohio, Sep. 6, 2001

Look up the word. I don't know, maybe I made it up. Anyway, it's an arbo-tree-ist, somebody who knows about trees.
Clarifying (?) what he meant when he referred to a tree specialist as an "arbolist", to Judy Keen, USA Today, Aug. 22, 2001

You saw the president yesterday. I thought he was very forward-leaning, as they say in diplomatic nuanced circles.
On Russian President Vladimir Putin, Rome, Italy, Jul. 23, 2001

I happen to believe missile defenses is important to keep the world more peaceful.
The British Museum, London, England, Jul. 19, 2001

Well, there's some things I know today.
There are something wrong with this sentence, from remarks made in honor of Black Music Month, Jun. 29, 2001

The Prime Minister has shown a lot of patience in the midst of a lot of in the midst of casualty.
A puzzling turn of phrase regarding Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon... White House, Jun. 26, 2001

The power that be, well most of the power that be, sits right here.
In reference to a group of assembled Senators and House members, Washington, D.C., Jun. 18, 2001

Anyway, I'm so thankful, and so gracious I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is concerned about the hemisphere as well.
Gracious, grateful... close enough, right? Miami, Florida, Jun. 4, 2001

So on behalf of a well-oiled unit of people who came together to serve something greater than themselves, congratulations.
Addressing national women's volleyball champions from University of Nebraska, Washington, D.C., May 31, 2001

We understand where the power of this country lay. It lays in the hearts and souls of Americans. It must lay in our pocketbooks. It lays in the willingness for people to work hard. But as importantly, it lays in the fact that we've got citizens from all walks of life, all political parties, that are willing to say, I want to love my neighbor. I want to make somebody's life just a little bit better.
Concord, North Carolina, Apr. 11, 2001

This administration is doing everything we can to end the stalemate in an efficient way. We're making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end.
Washington, D.C., Apr. 10, 2001

The true threats to stability and peace are these nations that are not very transparent, that hide behind the, that don't let people in to take a look and see what they're up to. They're very kind of authoritarian regimes. The true threat is whether or not one of these people decide, peak of anger, try to hold us hostage, ourselves. The Israelis, for example, to whom we'll defend, offer our defenses. The South Koreans.
Mar. 13, 2001

I do think we need for a troop to be able to house his family. That's an important part of building morale in the military.
Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Mar. 12, 2001

Either you got it, or you don't got it. When you come walking in that hall, there's only one person that can get you ready to give the speech, and that's you that's the person getting ready to give it. His part of my life is one of just a loving dad.
On former President Bush's contribution to an upcoming budget speech, Washington Post, Mar. 9, 2001

I'm also honored to be here with the speaker of the House just happens to be from the state of Illinois. I'd like to describe the speaker as a trustworthy man. He's the kind of fellow who says when he gives you his word he means it. Sometimes that doesn't happen all the time in the political process.
Chicago, Illinois, Mar. 6, 2001

Ann and I will carry out this equivocal message to the world: Markets must be open.
Swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, Washington, D.C., Mar. 2, 2001

Of all states that understands local control of schools, Iowa is such a state.
Dubya tries to be complimentary, but comes across as grammatically-challenged instead, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2001

We need to do what we need to do to get the bodies out of there, if they're there.
In reference to the collision between the U.S. Navy submarine and the Japanese fishing vessel, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 14, 2001

America needs a military where our breast and brightest are proud to serve, and proud to stay.
Dubya stirs up the troops, Fort Stewart, Georgia, Feb. 12, 2001

I confirmed to the prime minister that we appreciate our friendship.
After meeting with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada, White House, Feb. 5, 2001

It's about past seven in the evening here so we’re actually in different time lines.
Dubya's comment over the phone from the White House to the newly-elected Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as reported in the New York Times. White House, Jan. 29, 2001

I would have to ask the questioner. I haven't had a chance to ask the questioners the question they've been questioning.
Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 2001

The person who runs FEMA is someone who must have the trust of the president. Because the person who runs FEMA is the first voice, often times, of someone whose life has been turned upside down hears from.
Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001

She is a member of a labor union at one point.
Announcing his nomination of Linda Chavez as secretary of labor, Austin, Texas, Jan. 2, 2001

I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race.
Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux, Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 2000

We have struggle to not proceed, but to precede to the future of a nation's child.
Thanks for the clarification, Journal Gazette, Nov. 12, 2000

I've been consistent throughout the course of the campaign that my Supreme Court will be people that will not use the bench from which to legislate.
USA Today, Nov. 3, 2000

I don't want nations feeling like that they can bully ourselves and our allies. I want to have a ballistic defense system so that we can make the world more peaceful, and at the same time I want to reduce our own nukyular capacities to the level commiserate with keeping the peace.
Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 23, 2000

Quotas are bad for America. It's not the way America is all about.
No, I guess it isn't, Presidential Debate #3, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2000

We will require all power plants to meet clean air standards in order to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon binoxide - carbon duh - dioxide within a reasonable period of time. My opponent calls for voluntary reductions in such admissions. In Texas, I think we've done it better, with mandatory reductions. And I believe the nation can do better, as well.
Not only does Dubya invent a new chemical compound, he also refers to emissions as admissions... Saginaw, Michigan, Sep. 29, 2000

I support current efforts to make Amtrak more efficient and competitive. I believe these efforts will result in better, more extensive and more reliant rail service for the millions of Americans who travel by train.
Associated Press, Sep. 17, 2000

The point is, this is a way to help inoculate me about what has come and is coming.
On his anti-Gore ad, in an interview with the New York Times, Sep. 2, 2000

We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000

The fundamental question in certain neighborhoods is, how do we break a sense that the system isn't meant for me? You need mentoring programs. Part of it has to do with there isn't the entrepreneurial system being passed from one generation to the next.
Time Magazine interview, CNN.com/Time.com, Aug. 1, 2000

Unfairly but truthfully, our party has been tagged as being against things. Anti-immigrant, for example.
Cleveland, Ohio, Jul. 1, 2000

This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jun. 23, 2000

He has certainly earned a reputation as a fantastic mayor, because the results speak for themselves. I mean, New York's a safer place for him to be.
On Rudy Giuliani, The Edge With Paula Zahn, May 18, 2000

I hope we get to the bottom of the answer. It's what I'm interested to know.
On what happened in negotiations between the Justice Department and Elián González's Miami relatives, as quoted by the Associated Press, Apr. 26, 2000

Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis.
I can see where that might come in handy, CNBC, Apr. 15, 2000

You subscribe politics to it. I subscribe freedom to it.
Responding to a question about whether he and Al Gore were making the Elián González case a political issue, Palm Beach, Florida, Apr. 6, 2000

Other Republican candidates may retort to personal attacks and negative ads.
Fund-raising letter from George W. Bush, quoted in the Washington Post, Mar. 24, 2000

The fact that he relies on facts says things that are not factual are going to undermine his campaign.
New York Times, Mar. 4, 2000

I will say to countries in the Middle East, don't you dare hold us hostile.
In case you were wondering, "hostile" should be read as "hostage", The Economist, Mar. 3, 2000

The senator has got to understand if he's going to have he can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road.
To reporters, Florence, South Carolina, Feb. 17, 2000

It's an old game of switch-and-bait. Say one thing and do another.
Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2000

If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow.
Meaning to say "barriers and tariffs", Rochester, New York, Jan. 17, 2000

Well, I know it irritates the Jewish people a lot. It creates a polarization.
Reaction to instructional pamphlet made by the Southern Baptist Convention with advice on how to convert Jews, US News & World Report, Dec. 6, 1999

I think the populace needs to make determinations on elections about, is the person honest? Does the person have a good heart? What is the philosophy? So along those lines.
Making himself clear again, US News & World Report, Dec. 6, 1999

In 1994, there were 67 schools in Texas that were rated "exemplorary" according to our own tests.
Yes, he actually said this. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (New York), Oct. 5, 1999

The benefits of helping somebody is beneficial.
Extolling the virtues of education, date unknown

[We will] use our technology to enhance uncertainty abroad.
Confirming our suspicions on the campaign trail in 2000, date unknown

It's going to require a president who understands it's in our strategic interests to have a peaceful and economically vile hemisphere.
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